Undefeated Australian lightweight Ben “Manimal” Wall (7-0-1) has signed with the Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship.
MMAjunkie.com today confirmed the deal and Wall is expected to debut in January against four-time Legacy FC veteran Alex Black (5-3) at Legacy Fighting Championship 27 in Houston.
Representatives from the promotion have yet to make an official announcement.
Undefeated as a professional fighter, Wall was full of confidence ahead of 2012's “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes,” which saw British and Australian fighters compete for UFC contracts on the international version of the long-running reality competition series. Yet in the very first bout of the season’s 155-pound tournament, Wall suffered a unanimous-decision loss to eventual finalist Colin Fletcher.
With the tournament finals taking place at this past December’s UFC on FX 6 event, just a handful of non-finalists were invited to compete on the card, and Wall was not among them.
Wall returned to action at this past March’s Nitro MMA event in Australia and earned a unanimous-decision win over Jai Bradney. He also picked up a victory over two-time UFC vet Bernardo Magalhaes in the mixed-rules event Combat 8, which sees fighters don MMA gloves for what ultimately amounts to boxing matches that allow for groundfighting in just 30-second intervals.